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Collection Tier:
Tier 3

Fish Net Or Trap

Fish trap. Five concentric rings of cedar root. The closed end of the trap is shaped by the smallest ring. The largest end (the open end) of the trap is shaped by an upside down U or a wicket section of cedar. The ends of the cedar are sharpened to anchor them into the ground in shallow, running water. Through natural or artifical barriers, fish are driven into an increasingly narrow channel which leads into the trap.;Recommendation: ACCEPT Source: Donald Behnke Relevance: While the evidence for an indigenous form of fish trap is still in question, there is clear evidence that European forms were adapted by native North Americans, (see citation: Rostlund). Other Collections: The PMGR currently owns a well documented gill net, ca. 1930.KWAPIL01;KWAPIL01
1880 – 1910
Cedar Roots, Twine
58" h 38" w
Current Location Status:
Education Program
Museum Purchase

Grand Fish, Grand River (January 2016)
Grand River, Grand Fish explores how the Great Lakes region’s largest and oldest fish, the Lake Sturgeon, once found in great abundance, is now a threatened species in our watersheds. The exhibit takes visitors through the connections to Native Americans, fishing history in the region and current science. Using artifacts from the GRPM Collections, along with the two live sturgeon, it will tie together the cultural, historical and scientific connections and explore rehabilitation efforts for this species in the Grand River and throughout the Great Lakes region.

Investigate: Native American Cultural Artifacts (September 2018)
During the Investigate program, students will take the role of Museum curators and use close observation and critical thinking to discover the origin, meaning, and importance of real objects from the Museum’s Collection. Students will learn how to handle and study primary sources and will be pushed to consider how singular objects or groups of objects can tell meaningful stories about our place.
Student Objectives:
  • Learners will be able to analyze primary sources (artifacts, specimens, and photographs) and make inferences about the story or significance of the sources.
  • Learners will be able to describe what these cultural objects can tell us about the lifestyle and values of the Native Americans who used them.

Curriculum Connections:

  • NGSS Science and Engineering Practices: Constructing Explanations; Engaging in Argument from Evidence
  • ELA Common Core Standards by Domain: Research to Build and Present Knowledge
  • Michigan K-12 Social Studies Standards: H1 The World in Temporal Terms: Historical Habits of Mind, H2 Living and Working Together in Families and Communities, Now and Long Ago, H3 The History of Michigan and the Great Lakes Region, G2 Places and Regions, G4 Human Systems, P1 Reading and Communication, P2 Inquiry Research and Analysis

Behnke, Don